Latest News for HBO's Documentary

HBO Documentaries are a cornerstone of the network's premium lineup. Unlike anything done on other networks- HBO empowers filmmakers to explore their world and share it with the rest of us through their eyes. Academy Award winning films have been launched on HBO and great documentaries are produced year in and year out. Air times vary so keep an eye on this page for the latest updates or check out our schedule page above. We're one of the only sites on the web that reviews all of HBO's Docs. The following is the latest news and commentary on HBO's documentary films.

HBO Documentary Films: MOMMY DEAD AND DEAREST

HBO Documentary Films: MOMMY DEAD AND DEAREST

Overview: Provocative documentarian Erin Lee Carr (Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop) again explores a crime in the age of social media. Things are not always as they appear, especially in the case of Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose, and what starts out as a grisly tale of matricide morphs into a rabbit hole of deception. Child abuse, mental illness and forbidden love converge in this mystery of a mother and daughter who were thought to be living a fairy tale life that turned out to be a living nightmare. It is a disturbing, first-hand look at this bizarre case and explores one of psychology’s most controversial conditions: Munchausen by...

HBO Documentary Development Slate: Princess Diana, DEFIANT ONES and More

HBO Documentary Development Slate:  Princess Diana, DEFIANT ONES and More

We cobble together some news about documentaries in development or upcoming ones announcing debut dates here. Though HBO Documentary Films are not a place for popular discussion around here they are a huge part of HBO’s schedule. Here is what is forthcoming on the non-fiction front.   Definitive Princess Diana Documentary Straight from a Press release comes the information that an extensive biography of Princess Diana on the landmark 20th anniversary of her death. HBO has U.S. rights to the film, produced by Oxford Film and Television for the ITV network in the U.K. The unprecedented documentary will be built around interviews with...

HBO Documentary Films: WARNING: THIS DRUG MAY KILL YOU

HBO Documentary Films: WARNING: THIS DRUG MAY KILL YOU

Overview: With nearly a hundred Americans dying every day from opioid overdoses, the U.S. currently faces the worst drug epidemic in its history. More people die from opioid overdoses annually in the U.S. than from car accidents or gun homicides, a number that has quadrupled since 1999. From journalist Perri Peltz (HBO’s RISKY DRINKING), this documentary tells devastating personal stories of families who have lost a loved one to an opioid overdose, all of them the result of addictions that started with doctors’ prescriptions of dangerous painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet. Also featuring harrowing pictures and cell phone...

HBO Documentary Films: ABORTION: STORIES WOMEN TELL

HBO Documentary Films: ABORTION: STORIES WOMEN TELL

Overview: Although 44 years have passed since the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade recognized a woman’s right to choose, abortion remains one of the most polarizing issues in America. Since 2011, more than half of the states have imposed significant restrictions on abortion, including in Missouri, where only one abortion clinic remains open in the entire state, and patients and their doctors must navigate a 72-hour waiting period. ABORTION: STORIES WOMEN TELL offers an intimate window into the lives of women living in Missouri. Tracy Droz Tragos (winner of the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Documentary for Rich...

HBO Documentary Films: ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

HBO Documentary Films: ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

Overview: Incarcerated young people enter the famed Miami-Dade County Corrections & Rehabilitation Boot Camp Program in search of a second chance: the opportunity to trade an extensive prison sentence for a fresh start. In this harsh, 16-week camp, drill instructors push inmates to their limit, but those who complete it can become constructive members of society who are substantially less likely to return to prison. The program reports a recidivism rate under 15%, while the national rate of prison recidivism is approximately 70%. Inspired by Dwayne Johnson’s own experiences with the law as a youth, Rock and a Hard Place is a passion...

HBO Documentary Films: CRIES FROM SYRIA

HBO Documentary Films: CRIES FROM SYRIA

Overview: CRIES FROM SYRIA is a searing account of the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the devastating civil war that has defined the country over the past five years. Drawing on hundreds of hours of war footage from activists and citizen journalists, as well as shattering images and testimony from protestors, revolution leaders, ordinary citizens and children, many of them witnesses to unspeakable atrocities, this harrowing film tells the story of a people who, despite great suffering, have never lost hope for a better tomorrow. It reveals how efforts to demand basic freedoms and civil liberties from President Bashar al-Assad led to...

HBO Documentary Films: THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO-YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE

HBO Documentary Films: THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO-YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE

Overview: Over the past 16 years, an extraordinary group of musicians has come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa and Europe, the Silk Road Ensemble was conceived by renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 2000 and consists of a diverse and rotating lineup of instrumentalists, vocalists, composers and storytellers from around the world. The collective exemplifies music’s ability to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures, and inspire hope for both artists and audiences.   Expectations: This seems to be a documentary that is straight forward and simple and...

HBO Documentary Films: TICKLED and THE TICKLE KING

HBO Documentary Films: TICKLED and THE TICKLE KING

Overview: After stumbling upon a bizarre “competitive endurance tickling” video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, pop-culture reporter David Farrier reaches out to request a story from the company behind it. Delving deeper, he encounters fierce resistance, and the more he investigates, the stranger it gets, leading to the discovery of decades of abuse. Compelling and disturbing, Tickled illustrates the damage that can result from wealth, privilege and an obsession with power and control. He contacts Jane O’Brien Media, the company responsible for the competitions. To his surprise, Farrier is met with a...

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